Release Date: December 10th, 2013
Series: Starbound Trilogy #1
Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they're worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other's arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder-would they be better off staying here forever? Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won't be the same people who landed on it.The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.
This one initially drew me in with that totally gorgeous cover so it’s awesome to be able to say that the story on the pages is just as pretty. After dragging my heels and stalking all the Goodreads reviews I knew I had to read it. So I picked it up. And I loved it.
More than a few bloggers have described the first few chapters as “Titanic In Space” and I could not agree more. Kaufman and Spooner paint a gorgeous tale of the classic rich girl poor boy story, but with a twist. Just like Jack and Rose, these two defy everything they have known to be together and are thrown together by fate on multiple occasions.
The book is told in the dual perspectives of the two main characters and it works. Tarver and Lilac have vastly different voices, and even without the name at the top you can easily tell who is narrating. Of course, this probably has something to do with the amazing writing. And did I mention the writing?
Tarver and Lilac are easy to root for as a couple because they are so strong individually. They fit each other so well and it was so fun to watch their relationship develop slowly and sweetly-first for survival but then blossoming into something more.
It’s a very visual book so if descriptions aren’t your thing you may find yourself a bit bored. However, with everything else going on in the book it’s tough to put down at all. I would give it ten stars for the writing if I could-it’s some of the best I have ever read.
An all-around fantastic read.